Vice President, Brazil

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Employee (Full-Time)

Position Overview

The Vice President, Brazil will promote the Rare’s mission of inspiring change so people and nature thrive by leading and managing the development and execution of the country strategy. She/he will ensure the effective and efficient delivery and expansion of programs in collaboration with local government, donors and other stakeholders in Brazil. She/he will lead the Brazil team to ensure the Country Program remains strategically aligned, viable and competitive with the global Rare strategy. She/he will collaborate with the global leadership team, particularly the Senior Vice President, Fish Forever and functional units to ensure that the business objectives are achieved.


The Vice President, Brazil has a key role as a member of the Leadership Team (LT) and as such is responsible for providing input on all strategic initiatives at Rare.


The Vice President, Brazil, is a seasoned leader with a record of success in the region, and brings with him/her a large existing local and global network and proven track record of implementing community-orientated programs across broad geographic areas. He or she has tremendous managerial and leadership capacity, business acumen, and is dedicated to helping the organization achieve ambitious objectives for growth and impact.


Essential Functions:


The Vice President, Brazil, will exercise independent judgment regarding the following areas of significance:


Program and Rare Representation (25%)

Serves as the Country’s primary spokesperson and as Rare’s representative for internal and external stakeholder and visitor communications.  Ambassador for the advancement of advocacy and policy efforts in the country related to Rare’s mission at the national and local level to identify and influence decision makers in the area of conservation, climate change, and marine fisheries policy.


Fundraising and Development (25%)

Maintains and secures mid- to long-term funding for the country program by actively seeking diversified international and local sources of funding in view of identified country program needs and/or local requests related to Rare’s mission.


Team Leadership (20%)

Ensures a cohesive and productive team by adapting goals, communicating direction, utilizing creative thinking, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and demonstrating good judgment and clear decision-making. Sets a strong example to others through a productive work environment.  Supports ongoing development of staff; working in close collaboration with the Fish Forever program team and Rare support teams across a global network of offices.


Program and Technical Support (20%)

Demonstrates a clear understanding of programmatic goals and the technical aspects of program needs, appropriately applying procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies to ensure that technical goals are attained and programmatic commitments to donors and partners are met.


Operations Management (10%)

Ensuring effective department operations and demonstrating strong management skills by overseeing effective work plans, ensuring appropriate staffing and training, implementing effective time management and providing clear and effective communications to Brazil and global staff.



  • Internal – This position reports to Senior Vice President, Fish Forever.
  • External - This position works closely with key officials of government, funding agencies and other in-country partners.


The Vice President Brazil has management responsibility for the entire Brazil team.


Experience and Education:


  • Higher degree (MBA, M.S., M.A).
  • 10+ years successful experience managing complex multi-sector programs in a global setting; experience in Brazil essential.
  • At least 5 years proven experience in managing local, global and US government grants and/or cooperative agreements. Other international donor experiences an advantage.
  • At least 5 years proven experience in leading and managing staff, including talent acquisitions, recruitment networking, staff development, training, mentoring, and performance reviews.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience, including the preparation and management of budgets and contracts, and the management of banking activities and relationships including the adherence to procurement procedures.
  • Experience leading and managing a multidisciplinary team, including managing senior level leaders and multiple functional teams and specialists.
  • Builds trusting relationships across all levels within the organization
  • Experience in fundraising, including cultivation of new donors and contributing technical content to proposals
  • Demonstrate integrity and accountability at all times.
  • Proven experience in networking, public relations, communications, advocacy and new business development
  • Fluency in Portuguese and English required

Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply.  EOE/M/F/D/V


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